On Monday, 12th of december 2016, a thematic meeting took place with members of Community Media organizations, of journalist educators and Charlotte Altenhoener-Dion (Administrator/Secretary of the MSI-NET, Media & Internet Division, Council of Europe). At the RTR (Austrian Regulartory Authority) head of the media division Alfred Grinschgl welcomed all participants. Researchers at the London School of Economics had prepared the draft of a report on “Media coverage of the “refugee crisis”: A cross-European perspective”. Charlotte Altenhoener-Dion stated the interest of the Council of Europe to learn about the practices of Community Media oganizations in dealing with contents linked to refugees and migration. Participatory media practice and ensuring access to finding one’s own voice as well as the possibility to connect to others can be seen as inspiration for both public service and private commercial media.
Ofcom, the UK radio regulator, is currently consulting on the future licensing and technical policy for the Community Radio sector. The consultation, which closes on the 22nd of December, will look at how future rounds of licensing will be conducted and will examine how best to use additional frequency resources as they become available as some larger services have migrated to digital only delivery. Next year, the regulator also plans to examine options for the further roll-out of additional small-scale DAB multiplexes providing suitable coverage for community radio services. Details of the current consultation can be found at:
The European Media Pluralism Monitor, a consortium of media scholars and experts, held its final conference in 2016 at Florence, Italy, and issued its annual report of media pluralism factors in each European country. The 2016 report offered some red flag warnings for the Czech Republic, especially regarding the absence of community broadcasting:
The EBU has announced next year’s Digital Radio Week, to take place in Geneva, between the 06th and 09th of February. The event will include a two-day radio-hack event along with Radio-DNS events and a digital radio automotive workshop. Details of the event and options for accommodation are gradually being added at:
Nadia Bellardi just published a follow-up article on the second Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights took place on 17-18 November 2016 in Brussels, dedicated to the topic of ‘Media Pluralism and Democracy’.
Don’t Shoot The Algorithm: http://en.ejo.ch/media-politics/dont-shoot-the-algorithm
Read more on the official Follow-Up (EC) here: http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/item-detail.cfm?item_id=51071
The 23th International Festival of Local Televisions will be held from June 7th to 10th 2017 in Košice, Slovakia. The festival is organized by the City TV Foundation and is another excellent way to meet local TV enthusiasts from all over Europe and to view all kind of interesting local TV productions. According to the organizer: “The International Festival of Local Televisions is the only international festival of its kind in Europe one of the most important European media events held in Slovakia. The Festival supports partnership and cooperation between creators of audiovisual works and TV programmes, enriches the modern audiovisual means of expression and, at the same time, it is an important means of presenting Slovak film, TV and audiovisual production and culture through local televisions both in Europe and beyond its borders.”
The Near FM Archive was officially launched by Prof Dr Pauric Travers, chairperson of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Also speaking at the event were Dublin City Archivist, Dr Mary Clark and Chairperson of Near Media Co-op, Vincent Teeling. This was followed by a short demonstration of the Near Archive.
How can mainstream and public service media survive in the ‘filter bubble’ scenario? By learning from community media — and not only in adopting their crowdfunding strategies. Nadia Bellardi writes about the “Escape from the ‘filter bubble’ — intercultural tips and tricks for journalism and communication” Find the full text here: https://medium.com/@nadiabellardi/escape-from-the-filter-bubble-intercultural-tips-and-tricks-for-journalism-and-communication-cd5eb8ffa468#.ubcmvb9y0
“We tell a different story – the role of documentary film, alternative and community media in reporting migration” was discussed in November at the Prague Media Point Conference: Media and Migration (7-9th of November 2016) in a round table with Larry Moore Macaulay from Refugee Radio Network, Hamburg, documentary film-maker Asha Siad from Canada and Michal Majzner from Refugee stories, Czech Republic; moderated by Nadia Bellardi of CMFE.
The film Screening of 19 DAYS, directed by Somali-Canadian filmmakers Asha and Roda Siad, was supported by Transitions, KEYNOTE and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Prague.